In the last two years conspiracy theories seemed to have spread even to people we would never have expected to be susceptible. We lost friends, saw family members drifting away and experienced an increasing radicalization. How can we connect despite such different world views?
This event will be online, on the Skeptics in the Pub Twitch channel.
From an evolutionary perspective, religion presents something of a challenge. It is ubiquitous, but can be costly, while serving no obvious function. Is it just a collection of highly successful memes? Is it an inevitable but largely benign by product of minds highly evolved for social living? Or are there some real evolutionary benefits to religious cognition?